Family Carers Ireland has launched a nationwide call for nominations for its Netwatch ‘Family Carer of the Year Awards’.
The national charity is calling on members of the public to help shine a light on Ireland’s forgotten frontline by nominating family carers and young carers they know who go above and beyond every day in caring for loved ones with additional needs.
More than 500,000 people in Ireland provide unpaid care in the home for children or adults with physical or intellectual disabilities. The 19 million hours of unpaid care provided each week by family carers would cost the state €20bn a year to replace.
Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Policy, Family Carers Ireland has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley more about the Awards.
You can nominate a Family Carer at www.familycarers.ie or call the National Freephone Careline on 1800 24 07 24 to request a nomination form by post. Nominations should be submitted online or returned by post no later than Friday 22 nd October. Finalists will be announced in late October.